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Fifty Shades of Grey Audiobook

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

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Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.

Random House Audio’s recording of Fifty Shades of Grey has been remastered in a new edition. If you've already purchased the audiobook, you can re-download the file from My Library to get the new audio.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of his success—multinational businesses, vast wealth, a loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

©2011 E L James (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    marye Petal, ms, United States 06-23-12
    marye Petal, ms, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "XXX"

    This book should have been named "Fifty Shades of Effed Up." It is nothing more than an adult version of Twilight, and that is not intended as a complement. This book is also as poorly written and is nothing more that an erotic, fan fiction publication that has just as much power over its followers as Twilight. I can only imagine that adult women will be standing in line around the theater when this book is made into a movie just as their daughters have for the Stephanie Meyer's series.
    Anna an older, less secure version of Bella Swan. She is an awkward virgin that lacks self confidence when she stumbles into Christian's (AKA Edward's) office. He warns her that he is a bad boy as he lures her into his web in the same way that Edward said "...I'm dangerous, Bella...". At one point she even went home in his jacket, does that sound familiar? (hint Chapter 9 of Twilight) He also left the choice up to her. Right, like there was even a choice, that pathetic girl didn't stand a chance with him.
    The similarities don't stop there. Bella, I mean Anna, has a kooky mother, loves old novels, and continually thinks that he doesn't like her [even though he's f--ked her (his words, not mine) repeatedly]. He's older, not 108, but yes, much more worldly, he's wealthy and drives a nice car, hum does that sound familiar? He even has auburn hair. I kept waiting for him to turn into a werewolf or some other mythical creature.
    Then they author drops the final punch with an unresolved climax. I assume this is the only way to get poor sex-craved women to purchase that next book.
    I can not, in good conscious, recommend this book to my worst enemy. Turn away, no, run away and find yourself a well written book where the characters have depth.

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    Amy Havelock, Ontario, Canada 06-22-12
    Amy Havelock, Ontario, Canada 06-22-12
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    "Unbelievable............and not in a good way"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    First off, the narrator in this book was HORRIBLE. She sounded like a whining little valley girl and the character voices were atrocious. Not believable at all and didn't ring true to the characters in the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    Perhaps with a different narrator


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Was there anything to like? She made the sex scenes even sound uninteresting. No build up, no anticipation.


    Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The story has a little intrigue, but needs more depth


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    Susan WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 06-22-12
    Susan WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pure Crap"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one should enjoy this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with a story behind it.


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, both characters are disfunctional.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, disappointment, disturbing, and boring


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially young adults. It is a pure waste of time to read. There is no story behind it. It's about a man that has serious issues with women and a girl with low self esteem that will do anything to keep a guy that she thinks is hot. I don't understand how this book got so much attention. There are so many other good reads out there, then to waste your time on this kind of junk.

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    woodmousie Austin, TX 06-22-12
    woodmousie Austin, TX 06-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fifty Shades of Schlock"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    E.L. James is not an author, she is a creator of badly written cliche and tedium. So no, I'd never try another 'book' by her.


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily. I don't mind erotica, but am violently opposed to horribly written fiction of any kind. This 'book' is one of the worst written I've ever read/listened to.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Her voice grated. To be fair, it may have been the awful medium the poor woman had to work with. I do not envy her.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    If I were an editor I would never have allowed this work of utter swill off my desk. If they'd cut out every cliche and over-used "Oh my", "Holy ****" and "My inner goddess" the book would have been a short story, if that. No, straight into the trash, please!


    Any additional comments?

    I fear for the future of literature if this is considered great writing now. I'd recommend that anyone who has a mote of taste listen to parts of the book on YouTube or borrow it from a friend if you 'must' try to read it. I'd also recommend some well-written erotica, if that is what you're looking for. Unfortunately, FSoG is NOT it. I'm now going to try to erase it from my computer. Ugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tollhouse Red Bank, NJ, United States 06-22-12
    Tollhouse Red Bank, NJ, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2011

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    "I want to poke my ears out"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have listened to 2 chapters of this book so far and HATE it, and what makes it worse is the narrator!!!! She's almost making me wish I was deaf. That, on top of the sophomoric story, makes this a minus 5. How do I get a refund??? A total waste of a credit.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jaruwan Bayville, NEW JERSEY, United States 06-22-12
    Jaruwan Bayville, NEW JERSEY, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Hero is narrated badly."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I love this series. I have read all 3 books, and I would love to buy all 3 in audible. The hero's voice is narrated badly. I just could not buy the second and the third book in audible. I hope if they change to a strong hero voice then I will change my mind to buy them.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    I don't like her hero voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    OLEVIA 06-22-12
    OLEVIA 06-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "DID NOT want to PUT IT DOWN!!!!!"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    SUSPENSE! HUMOR! LIFE LESSON!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love story was exciting, intriguing, romantic, and sexy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The proposal was the best part of this story. An alpha male who claimed he was not a hearts and flowers kind of guy created the most exquisite atmosphere for a romantic proposal. It would have been hard for any red blooded female to say no.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "LOVE" in Control & Dominance in "Love"


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you E. L. James for a wonderful story of suspense, love, humor, and kinky. My inner goddess is jumping up and down in a sexy cheer leader outfit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Becky United States 06-22-12
    Becky United States 06-22-12
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    "Oh My! That was bad!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A much better narrator could possibly have salvaged this weak story and added a little life and interest, but sadly it was a tedious irritating trudge from beginning to end.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Insisted on a better narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what all the hype is about. This is a very weak bit of erotica, possibly a good place to start for readers new to the genre, but otherwise seriously worth a pass.

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    SSCA 06-21-12
    SSCA 06-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Worst written book ever - even worse out loud"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

    This is literally the worst written book I've ever read. I love me a good romance novel, and especially if there's lots of sex in it - but the writing is so bad, its actually painful to listen to. Perhaps its worse because its all read out loud in an obnoxious way, but yikes. If she says 'my subconscious glares at me' or 'my inner goddess is dancing around' one more time, I might barf. such a dissapointment


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca 06-20-12
    rebecca 06-20-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Could of been so much better."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I cant honestly say that I would.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The background of Mr.Grey was very intresting.


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s voice?

    not for this! I started to read this in paperback but then switched to listening, I rather reading it myself.


    Any additional comments?

    While the leading lady was a little head strong she was still lacking in my point of view. This book had great potential to be the greastest book but it did not live up to all the hype for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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